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Whips on the Wall

Sea whips ( Junceella fragilis ), Manado Tua

Christmas Beneath Bunaken

Black coral trees ( Antipathes ), Bunaken Island

Banka and Associated islands

Sulawesi’s northernmost islands – Banka, Talise and Gangga - are easily accessible from Manado and Bitung by speedboat in a day trip. Many tour operators now offer live-aboard and day tours to these islands. Though coral variety is less than Bunaken, the highlights of the area are the pinnacles and seamounts. Completely occupied with soft corals, sponges and fans in all colours of the rainbow, these rock formations are frequently visited by bigger animals such as dugongs, marlins, barracudas, trevallies, black-tip sharks and dog-tooth tunas. Shoals of bright blue fusiliers, tuna and black snapper; clownfsh playing in the anemones; colourful parrotfsh, butterfy fsh, batfsh and blue starfsh; the occasional sea snakes; Napoleon wrasse, ferns and feathery fans, giant clams, bright orange and red corals and fuorescent yellow sponges; they are all part of this magical kingdom. Banka is the least explored area in this region, and proposes many possibilities.

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